Volunteer Opportunities

As you can see below, there are many ways your volunteer skills can be utilized!

Please check off what areas are of interest to you, then fill in your information at the bottom of the page. You will not be limited to these areas alone. You will be notified of all opportunities as the need arises, in the form of a monthly email and sign-up, via our Volunteer Hub.

Once you have filled out the form below, you should receive an email confirming your submission.  If you do not receive confirmation, please contact us at info@cotuitcenterforthearts.org and we will assist you.

In Gallery and Theater

Gallery Guide

Provide hospitality and support for artists and guests at gallery exhibit opening receptions that occur 6 to 8 times per year. Our Gallery Guides develop a broader understanding of art and artists by participating in educational offerings, including classes and studio tours. Guides also accompany groups of student and adult visitors on scheduled visits to the Center throughout the year.

Usher/Greeter

Our greeters and ushers volunteer at our theater and gallery events, welcoming patrons and assisting at the door taking tickets and helping get our audience seated for performances, and assist with cleanup.

Behind The Scenes

Costumes

Assist designers in shopping for and creating costumes! Sewing skills range from basic to expert. Most work is done in the 4 weeks prior to the opening of each show.

Building

If you have experience with building sets for theater productions, we would love to hear from you! We are looking for people to work on building sets occasionally by joining a crew of skilled carpenters and handy-people. This is not a regular job and we usually call on people who can be available in a few days’ notice. Experience is required.

Set Painting and Finishing

Come join us as we prepare sets for our theater productions. Volunteers will assist with painting and finishing sets and props. The scope of the production will dictate the need and level of skill required. We may not know how many set painters and finishers needed until a few weeks before a show opens and often the call for volunteers will not have a long lead time.

Lighting/Film Technician

Occasionally, we need help with setting up and running lights for concerts and special events, or running films for screenings on the projection system. Opportunities arise only a few times a year, and hands-on training is provided to learn the light board.

Prop Specialist

We occasionally need help with creating or procuring props for our theater productions. Some of our larger productions may need assistance in building props and specialty set pieces, and sometimes we need help sourcing a specific hard-to-find item needed for a show.

Backstage Specialist

We are sometimes looking for an extra set of hands to help backstage or in the dressing rooms during our theater productions. This position can include a variety of show-specific tasks. Tasks may include helping with costume changes, assisting with props, monitoring stage door, general cast assistance, as well as other responsibilities. Volunteer would need to be available during show hours.

Arts Education

Community Outreach (Ongoing)

We are looking for volunteers to represent CCftA and help distribute education flyers and marketing materials at local fairs and festivals on Cape Cod, such as Touch a Truck and First Night Sandwich. Volunteers will set up a table with our banner and assist an art teacher with an art project for kids, if applicable. No previous experience is necessary!

Classroom Assistant (June-August 2016)

Volunteer classroom assistants are needed to help teachers who have a high enrollment during the summer months. Assistants are needed for both children’s and adult classes. No teaching experience is necessary—just another set of hands and an interest in education!

Administrative Assistant (Ongoing)

Our Education department is always in need of some administrative help. Specific needs involve data entry work and online research for grant applications. Other administrative and clerical tasks may also be needed.

Artist-in-Residence Activities Coordinator (May-August 2016)

Beginning in May, 2016, we will embark on our first Artist-in-Residence training program. We will house several artists on our Osterville campus. There is a need for someone to help coordinate activities for the artists, such as cookouts, field trips, etc. Also, artists may need help running an errand should they not have transportation or suggestions for things to do in their spare time. Volunteers will work with the Director of Education and assist artists-in-residence as necessary. No experience needed. Flexibility a plus!

Getting the Word Out

Publicity

Help us spread the word about all the wonderful, exciting events happening at the Cotuit Center for the Arts! We need volunteers for the publicity team to distribute posters, educational brochures and art exhibit flyers to appropriate locations throughout the community. Help is also needed to develop table displays for key businesses in the area. Work typically is needed on a monthly basis.

Membership Recruiting

Our members and volunteers are what keep the Center alive and thriving! We would love help with recruiting new members and organizing member benefits. Come be an “ambassador” for the Center! Duties include staffing a membership service table and making thank-you calls to new members.

Volunteer Recruiting

Do you have experience in volunteer recruitment and management? We are looking for a few more people to join our team and help CCftA strengthen its Volunteer Corps. Assist with recruiting new volunteers through mailings, calling on appropriate groups and helping at volunteer meetings.

Around the Office

Office Assistance and Mailings

We couldn’t survive without our paper pushers to help with mailings and other office functions. Our mailings typically require a large group of people to execute and complete in a timely manner. Work periodically labeling, stuffing and stamping envelopes or postcards for member mailings.

Facilities

Facilities and Grounds Maintenance

Calling all willing hands! Are you a Do-It-Yourselfer? Are you handy? Got skills? Able to paint or handle small repair jobs? Do you like taking on a project by yourself or as part of a team? Join our group and help with projects large and small, on your schedule.

Garden Club

Do you have a green thumb? Do you enjoy gardening? The Center needs you! Help us improve the Center’s appearance as part of our Garden Club. The Center campus has several perennial gardens that need TLC and regular watering and maintenance. Work with other volunteers who share a love of gardening and nature.

Helping Us Grow

Sponsorships

Do you have experience with fundraising and obtaining outside sponsors for a non-profit organization? We need you! We are looking to expand our reach within the Cape Cod community in order to keep our vibrant art center growing. We are looking for dynamic individuals who can help us to plan and execute our fundraising goals, with a specific focus on growing our cadre of sponsors. Former sales experience would be a plus!

Special Event Planning

Join us and help keep our vibrant organization growing! We would love help with planning the Center’s fundraisers and other special events! Volunteers are especially needed to acquire donated items to use as auction items.

Committee Involvement

In addition to all the wonderful roles that our volunteers fill to keep our Center running smoothly and looking great, we also have various committees that help support the Center’s mission and numerous activities. Some examples are Membership, Facilities, and Sponsorship. We are always looking for enthusiastic and talented people who might want to serve on a committee as part of the volunteer experience. It’s a great way to assist the Center that we all love, both with current initiatives as well as moving forward into the future. If being on a committee is of interest to you, let us know! We would love to talk to you!

Ready to help?